Hon. John M. Meagher, Esq.
157 Dublin Court
Petaluma, CA 94952
Daily Rate $3,200
Current Sole Practitioner
Practice 25
Cases 2000+
Languages English
Sole Practitioner
Mediator and Arbitrator, Self-employed, 1995 – Present; Visiting Judge, Ohio Supreme Court, 1995 – 2002; Administrative Judge/Judge, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, 1977 – 1994; Presiding Judge, The Miami Conservancy Court, 1991 – 1994; Judge, City of Dayton Municipal Court, 1975 – 1977; Assistant Attorney General, State of Ohio, 1971 – 1975; Attorney, Gross Louis Meagher & Froelich, 1969 – 1975; Attorney, Nolan Wolff & Sprowl, 1968 – 1969.
Served as mediator and arbitrator since April 1995, resolving complex disputes ranging from commercial/business, construction, personal injury, employment and civil rights disputes.
Often called upon to serve in cases that are complex and difficult involving relationships, such as employer/employee or business partners, as well as construction disputes between the owner and contractor or professional malpractice, etc. Experienced in working with counsel and party in the more difficult, complex cases in all of the areas listed above.
First and foremost, flexibility. What works in one case, will not in another. I ask counsel to provide me with a memorandum (confidential depending on the case and counsel input) and documents designed to help me understand the facts, law if in dispute and, if appropriate, the things that must be overcome if settlement is to be achieved. Second preparation, both mine, counsel and party. Third, establishing trust in the process and me. Fourth, patience to allow the process to work its magic. Fifth, work through the point in time when it appears that settlement is not possible. Sixth, the willingness to evaluate positions and, if invited, express an opinion. Lastly, the more I convey confidence and commitment to reaching a settlement, the more everyone else will. Six principles: Preparation, Trust, Patience, Confidence, Commitment, and Flexibility.
Steven Dankof, Judge Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, steve.dankoflaw@gmail.com, (937) 225-4409 David C. Greer, Esq., dcg@bgllaw.com, (937) 223-3277; David Rudwall, Esq., DRudwall@aol.com, (937) 902-3934; Judge James R. Ritchie, Marin Superior Court, (415) 473-7051; additional references available upon request.
AAA ACE 19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2019; Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor ~ Meeting Participant Expectations, 2018; AAA Impasse: Mediating in the Red Zone, 2017; AAA Best Use of Med-Arb, 2015; AAA Effective Mediation From a Mediator's Perspective, 2014; AAA Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure ACE03, 2013; AAA Webinar, Healthcare Payor Provider Judicial Orientation, 2011; AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics ACE05, 2011; Faculty, AAA Advanced Mediator Training, 2009; AAA Pro Se: Managing Cases Involving Self-Represented Parties ACE02, 2007; AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration ACE04, 2005; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards ACE01, 2005; Annual Arbitrator Update 2002; AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2002; Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, Conflict Resolution for Government Officials, 1999; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, 1999; Ohio Judicial College, Mediation for Judges, 1999, 1998; National Judicial College, Mediation for Judges, 1995.
Admitted to the Bar: Ohio (1966), Colorado (1995).
Dayton Bar Association; Marin County (California) Bar Association; International Mediation Institute (IMI) Certified Mediator.
National Judicial College (1975-1995); University of Cincinnati (JD-1966); University of Dayton (BA, History-1963).
George W. and Mary J. Ritter Award, Ohio State Bar Association, 1994; Golden Gavel Award, Dayton Bar Association, 1994.
"Designing an Integrated Justice System," JUDGE JOURNAL, vol. 32, issue B, 1993. Lectured through out the United States and Canada on developing and implementing Case Management Systems.
Lectured on Case Management principles at the National Judicial College, the Ohio Judicial College, multiple courts in United States & Canada, & trial lawyers associations.
$3,200 Per Day
United States of America
Petaluma, CA

The AAA provides mediators to parties on cases administered by the AAA under AAA mediation procedures. Mediations that proceed without AAA administration are not considered AAA mediations, even where parties select a mediator who is a member of an AAA mediation roster.